Marietta Season 2 Premiere - Election Night and The Aftermath

 Marietta Season 2, Episode 1
Election Night and The Aftermath

At the Marietta Runoff Election Victory Party…
Milton: Marietta isn’t picking up, Tammy.
Tammy: You’ve been calling her for a half hour and she still hasn’t picked up. I think there’s a chance that she doesn’t want to be bothered.
Milton: Her supporters are out there waiting for her and you of all people have decided not to care about that? 
Tammy: This is new, calm Tammy. Tammy 2.0 if you will. When you’re working with Marietta, you need to learn to just calm down and let her do whatever you want.
Milton: You’re her campaign manager. Managing her is your actual job.
Tammy: No, managing her campaign is my job.
Milton: You know what I meant!
Tammy: I did, but it’s more fun to pretend I didn’t.
Milton: Anyway, we need to figure out a way to get her here, and now.
Tammy: I would like that as well. For now, your parents are out there doing… I don’t even know what.
Milton: I think it’s supposed to be a heartfelt speech but they’re both insane so it’s more of a vaudeville act.
Tammy: Why is Patty Lynn singing?
Milton: I don't know. She must’ve been listening to her Whitney Houston CD on the way here.
Tammy: I’m not sure which Whitney Houston song I’d be singing in the event that my daughter was elected mayor, but I don’t think it would be So Emotional.
Milton: My mom’s always an emotional disaster, I guess this is her way of expressing that.
Tammy: The only think I know is that if you don’t get ahold of her soon, which you won’t, one of us will need to get out there and speak on her behalf because your parents are definitely enough to make her supporters head home.
At the hospital…
Kyle: Mom, can you do me a favor?
Marietta: Sure, Kyle, what is it?
Kyle: I need to go get myself something to eat. They have those little pre-packaged apple pies in the cafeteria and I could really use some sugar right now to give me a burst of energy. Can you stay here with Maria and Katharine?
Marietta: I’ll stay with them, but as your mother I need to make sure you eat a balanced meal. I know you haven’t eaten in hours and you need to eat something healthy too, not just an apple pie.
Kyle: Yes mom.
Marietta: Good boy. Now if you excuse me, I’m going to get to know my grand baby.
Kyle: Sounds like a plan.
Kyle steps out of the room, but quickly runs back in.
Marietta: Forget your wallet?
Kyle: Yes, but that’s not why I came back.
Marietta: I feel like that’s an important reason to come back.
Kyle: Mom, move past that. This is a lot more important.
Marietta: What is it?
Kyle: You won the election! You’re going to be the next mayor of New Orleans.
Marietta: Oh my goodness, it’s so early in the night. I thought I’d have more time to get back. Now I don’t want to leave Katharine.
Maria: Marietta, go to your victory party. This is your only chance to experience it. Katharine will be here tomorrow. She’s asleep anyway.
Marietta: Maria, are you sure?
Maria: Yes. Congratulations on winning, you deserve it.
Marietta: Thank you Maria, you’re going to make a beautiful first daughter-in-law.
Thirty minutes later, Marietta arrives at her victory party.
Tammy: Marietta, you’re here?
Marietta: In the flesh! What’s been going on around these parts?
Tammy: Quite a bit. First thing, and I really hope you already know this, you’ve been elected Mayor of New Orleans.
Marietta: That I knew.
Tammy: Okay, good. Also, Amy Applewhite has appointed herself as your Press Secretary, so that should be fun.
Marietta: What’s that supposed to mean?
Tammy: She said in her concession speech that you offered her the position of Press Secretary when she called you to congratulate you.
Marietta: None of that happened. So, about what I’d expect from Amy. Anything else?
Tammy: Your parents put on a very interesting show to kill time. Lots of Whitney Houston songs being performed tonight.
Marietta: By which one of them?
Tammy: Unfortunately, both of them. It started with just your mom but then your dad joined in and that was not fun.
Marietta: Anything else before I go out there?
Tammy: Yeah. I kinda delivered a speech on your behalf because you weren’t answering Milton’s calls.
Marietta: What, Milton called?
Tammy: Is your ringer off again?
Marietta: Yes.
Tammy: Marietta!
Marietta: I know, I know. I should never turn it off.
Tammy: Anyhow, the crowd is really starting to thin out out there even though it’s only about quarter after nine. I guess people really want to get home to watch SNL tonight.
Marietta: Is anyone out there?
Tammy: Yes, plenty of people. This party is still very much on.
Marietta: Okay, good. I’m gonna go make my speech in about 10 minutes once I change into something less… sweaty. Go warm the crowd back up.
Tammy: By the way, how are Kyle and Maria?
Marietta: Oh, they’re great. Maria had a very healthy baby girl.
Tammy: What? How did you not lead with that?
Marietta: Trust me, I would have on any other day.
Marietta rushes backstage to her dressing room to change when she is stopped by Patty Lynn.
Patty Lynn: Marietta, where have you been? We’ve been worried sick about you!
Marietta: Maria had the baby, mom. You’re a great grandmother!
Patty Lynn: Well, I’ve always considered myself to be a pretty good grandmother, but I don’t know if I’d describe myself as being “great.” Wait. Did you say Maria had the baby?
Marietta: Yes, and it took you way too long to catch that.
Patty Lynn: So that’s why your hair looks so terrible and your clothes are so messy?
Marietta: The baby is very healthy, mom.
Patty Lynn: That’s not what I asked.
Marietta: It’s the answer you’re getting.
Patty Lynn: You better get out there and make your speech, it’s getting late.
Marietta: Where do you think I was going?
Patty Lynn: Oh, right. I’ll leave you be.
Marietta: Just no singing while you guys wait for me. I don’t want to scare off any more people.
Patty Lynn: Why would I scare anyone off? I’ve always been complimented on my singing.
Marietta: Not you. Dad.
Patty Lynn: He tries, Marietta.
Marietta: He shouldn’t.
Ten minutes later, Marietta emerges from her dressing room with her hair, makeup and clothes all fixed and ready to make her victory speech.
Tammy: You look beautiful, Marietta!
Marietta: Thank you! You also l-
Tammy: Don’t lie. I haven’t slept in 20 hours and haven’t showered or done anything to fix my appearance in about 18. I know I look terrible and I don’t care.
Marietta: There’s no way you looked worse than I did when I first got here.
Tammy: You’re right about that.
Marietta: Well, I guess I’d better go out there and make my speech.
Tammy: Marietta, you’re stalling. I know you are.
Marietta: What? No I’m not.
Tammy: Come on, Marietta. I’ve known you long enough to know when you’re nervous. What’s going on?
Marietta: I haven’t had to make a speech that actually meant something in forever.
Tammy: What do you mean? You give speeches all the time.
Marietta: Yeah, but none of them have really mattered. Ever since I lost the Senate election, I’ve just been seen as a loser by everyone. My concession speech was supposed to be my farewell, it didn’t really matter what I said. My Senate farewell speech was the same way, farewell was literally in the name. I could have told off every senator in the room and it wouldn’t have mattered. Now I’m finally giving a speech as a winner and I want it to be good. I want to unite this city and I don’t know if what I wrote is good enough.
Tammy: Let me tell you something I once told a new politician I was mentoring many years ago.
Marietta: What would that be?
Tammy: It’s getting late, if you don’t get the hell out there nobody’s gonna care what you say. SNL is almost on.  And sure, you guys do it the wrong way and start all your shows an hour earlier so it really airs at 10:30 here, but still, it’s getting late. Go speak from the heart.
Marietta: I want to talk to Milton really quick. Where is he?
Tammy: He’s the one out there keeping people from going home. It’s the only way to keep your parents from going back out there.
Marietta: Alright, guess it’s time to give my speech.
Tammy: Good luck, you’re gonna be great.
Tammy motions to Milton from the side of the stage to let him know that Marietta is ready for her speech.
Milton: It is my sincere honor to introduce before you all my sister, the next mayor of the city of New Orleans, Marietta Landfield!
Marietta walks out onto the stage and hugs Milton before she makes her way to the podium.
Marietta: New Orleans, just like every other day of my life, I need to thank you. This has been an extraordinary journey, and at times it was one that I questioned whether it was even worth it. Tonight, though, you’ve made it clear that it was. A lot of you did vote for you, but a lot of you didn’t. The fact that people went out today to make their voices heard is a beautiful thing, whether they came out in support of me or in support of Councilor Applewhite. I’m going to be a mayor for everyone. This campaign was sometimes pretty turbulent, but it’s time to move past all of that and create a government that works for New Orleans. My brother Milton has been a great mayor for the people of New Orleans, and I plan to continue many of his policies and enact some new ones of my own. I will be reaching out to the City Council over these next few weeks and look forward to working side-by-side with them for at least the next four years. I’ve gotten to know Councilors Donnelly and Tran very well over the past few months and I hope to get to know everyone else just as well. It’s been a long night so I’m going to try to wrap this up now. Before that happens, though, I need to thank my family for being there for me. I’ve spoken about them after every election I’ve been a part of, but this is time it’s different. Earlier today, my first grandchild was born. Little Katharine Marianne Landfield, named for her great grandmother and her great-great grandmother, was born today, just around the time the election was called in my favor. I didn’t have much time to get to know Katharine, but I already love her dearly. I will do everything in my power to make New Orleans a happy and safe place for Katharine and children like her to grow up. Thank you all and good night.
Marietta walks off the stage and heads to her dressing room as the victory party clears out.
Tammy: That was great! I would have appreciated a shoutout, but I understand why I didn’t get one and I respect it.
Marietta: Oh my goodness, I’m so sorry! It’s been such a long day and I have so much on my mind.
Tammy: I understand, no worries! You may want to worry about your mom, though. You didn’t mention her by name and she’s going to be mad!
Marietta: Please help me escape before I see her.
Patty Lynn: Marietta!
Marietta: Oh boy, too late.
Patty Lynn: I just wanted to tell you how proud your father and I are of you. We haven’t really gotten a chance to talk tonight, but I needed to let you know we’re proud of you. This isn’t quite where I thought you’d be around now but I’m glad it is.
Marietta: That’s very sweet of you, mom. Thank you. But where did you think I’d be right now?
Patty Lynn: I thought you’d probably be a lobbyist or something up in DC. I didn’t think you were coming back to New Orleans.
Marietta: Of course I came back. This is home, and it always will be.
Patty Lynn: I know that now. Now come here, give your dear old mom a hug.
Martin: Can I can in on that?
Marietta: Dad! I didn’t even realize you were still here, you’ve been so quiet.
Martin: I’m just trying to take it all in. I’m very proud of you.
Marietta: You never got like this when I won my Senate elections.
Martin: This is just different.
Marietta: Yeah. Far less prestigious and meaningful.
Martin: No, that’s not what I mean. This was my old job when you and your brother were young and now to see you both elected to that same position, it just warms my old heart.
Marietta: Dad, you better stop. You’re about to make me cry.
Martin: You can cry. It’s alright.
Marietta: You really need to stop. I’m feeling weak.
Patty Lynn: Who ever gave you the idea that crying makes you weak? Certainly not me or your father.
Marietta: Mom, I’m a woman in politics. If I ever shed one tear, I’d be labeled too emotional to hold office.
Patty Lynn: Oh yeah, good point.
Martin: Hey Kathleen, could you come here real quick?
Kathleen: Sure, what did you want?
Martin: Could you get a picture of all of us?
Kathleen: Sounds like a plan. Where’s your camera?
Martin: Here you go.
Marietta: Tammy, you get in, too.
Tammy: Oh, I could never. I look horrendous.
Marietta: We all do. It’s been a long day.
Tammy: Alright, fine.
Kathleen: Smile everybody!

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